Web Interface: Pico (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) Linguist.

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Pico (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, and Outcome) Linguist is a multi-language tool for searching NLM's MEDLINE/PubMed. PICO Linguist has the following features:

  • It is intended for users whose native languages is not English. 
  • It uses PICO’s interface, which has a fill-in-the-blank interface for specifying a condition or disease, a single intervention or treatment, multiple interventions or treatments that are to be compared (optional), and an outcome (also optional), plus a dropdown menu for selecting publication type from among clinical trial, meta-analysis, randomized controlled trial, systematic reviews, reviews, and practice guideline or, if none is specific, any of the above.
  • Queries can be submitted as single terms or complex phrases in one of the languages listed below.
  • The search interface changes to allow search terms to be entered in the chosen language.
  • Typing accents or other diacritical marks is optional.
  • Queries are transformed into English. Results are MEDLINE/PubMed citations published in any one or more of the listed languages, as specified by the user.
  • Links to full-text articles, if available for free, are included in the search results.

PICO Linguist is available at the main screen of PubMed for Handhelds ( ).

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